1. Bucncane's Avatar
    So after 12 hours of playing with the phone, I dropped it and my screen shattered in 3 different places. The phone still turns on and everything works except the screen is destroyed.

    Ebay has two sets of items available. A replacement screen + LCD for like 250 bucks or a replacement screen for 35 bucks. How do I know if my digitizer and LCD are ok and just my screen is broken? Obviously I'll just go through my ty AT&T insurance if the LCD is broken because why pay 250 when I can pay 200, but if it's just the screen then 40 seems like a much better option.

    Any ideas?


    So bummed.
    11-09-2012 11:00 PM
  2. Bucncane's Avatar
    Or do I need to change the digitizer as well? Am I better off paying 200 freaking dollars to replace through insurance?
    11-10-2012 12:30 AM
  3. tndank's Avatar
    There is an LCD. That is what the picture is displayed on. On top of that is a digitizer. This is what normally breaks. This is what has broken if the picture is fine, you just have cracks above it.

    Replacing the digitizer isn't the most difficult repair. You open the phone, use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat up the edges, and then remove it. There's always risk it might break further and damage the LCD. You might stress the LCD and cause a crack while prying it off.

    Might be worth the $35 to try and repair it. Things blow up, file an insurance claim.

    Here's a video that gives you an idea. He replaced the LCD and digitizer. You would just be removing the top piece. Other videos show just the digitizer.
    11-10-2012 12:41 AM
  4. Steverl22's Avatar
    That sucks!! I can't believe it broke so bad after a fall
    11-10-2012 08:25 AM
  5. Bucncane's Avatar
    Me either, it was a drop onto gravel from about 3.5 ft but it is just destroyed. Bleh. Thanks for the link tndank. I'll see what I can do with it.
    11-10-2012 09:58 PM
  6. rabenoja's Avatar
    I've cracked the glass also from a short 2.5 ft drop. Looks like everything works as it should but there is just major glass breakage.

    Please let me know if you end up switching the glass successfully.
    11-11-2012 08:47 PM
  7. blackberrymamba's Avatar
    Do they make a good rugged case for this phone? That's the thing with these expensive phones, easy to break, and easy to lose.
    11-11-2012 10:49 PM
  8. rabenoja's Avatar
    They do have some cases available, as I've learned after the dropping my phone. It seems that for my particular drop even a soft case would have saved the screen. It landed right on the top right corner. Anyway, lesson learned...I'm ordering a case online.
    11-12-2012 12:37 AM
  9. webb3201's Avatar
    I just did the same thing....was in my horizontal jacket pocket and I bent over to pick up something in the garage. Thing fell about 3 feet and screen shattered. Really mundane fall...I have dropped many other phones in much more dramatic fashion!
    12-22-2012 12:45 PM
  10. avilb18's Avatar
    Yeah I got like a spider web crack all over the front of my nexus 4 I can't move anything or touch anything but I can still see a display and I can still turn my phone on and off ur the power button I just ordered a screen just the glass front for 30$ but Idk what's broke my LCD my digitizer or just a screen please help ?
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    07-06-2013 06:31 AM
  11. iamhere216's Avatar
    Same for me, except I can still move and use the touchscreen. Did you get your's fixed?
    07-12-2013 03:48 PM
  12. luisandres's Avatar
    It is not easy how to change the screen although it took me a while to learn to do it right. I destroy 3 lcd's before I got to do it clean. But I've learned the right way. If you can see the screen turned on the lcd still good. If not you have to replace the whole thing.
    Good luck any other questions ask me. I buy sell and repair phones.
    07-30-2013 04:12 PM
  13. Tawni Leshell's Avatar
    How can I tell if I need to replace the glass or digitizer?
    08-14-2013 11:29 AM
  14. Vashy's Avatar
    I broke the Screen and Don't see any display (Blank) and phone is not working but I did hear some beeps (may be updates or messages) but the phone getting on as the LED's at the bottom are glowing. Do I need replace the LCD + Digitizer + Screen?
    Thanks for the reply.
    08-23-2013 05:01 PM
  15. Tony Young's Avatar
    I have the same problem the touch screen was broken, the lcd i can see was cracked. It turned on i could hear the music for start up but it was all black with a little bit of back light. I was wondering if thats the same for you and what you found out?
    08-31-2013 09:15 PM
  16. Hardmusik's Avatar
    Where you located? i need my phone repaired. lcd is broken. its crash a little ill send pics
    10-15-2013 04:07 PM
  17. Prathyushaa S's Avatar
    vashy my mobile has the same problem..wat should i do
    12-18-2013 01:47 AM
  18. rachysykr's Avatar
    your video inspires me to try with my galaxy mega then after 2 weeks my mega screen has cracked. Thanks buddy!
    04-23-2014 09:38 PM
  19. samsungs418's Avatar
    so I dropped my Samsung s4 like barley a foot on my carpet and it even had a case the screen is black but all the leds still work any idea what the problem is??
    03-28-2016 03:19 PM
  20. Joebear4's Avatar
    So I cracked my s6 edge and want to fix it my self. Like these guys I would like to know if I just need the screen or what ever else. As it sits the screen is cracked, the screen is also green but by muscle memory I can still use it... I've seen videos/walkthroughs of how to do it, I've got a wish list of tools needed to do the job but don't know if I just need a screen or the LCD screen and digitizer with housing??? Please help and let me know what you think
    03-29-2016 03:27 PM
  21. Zack Muncy's Avatar
    I have a galexy prevail LTE sm-g360, i can see the screen light up but most is black and sections of messed up lines, but when i restarte the phone i see the boost logo in two parts.

    would u think id need a whole new digitizer or what would you suggest?
    05-05-2016 08:23 PM
  22. rythmanraj's Avatar
    i have a broken screen and i am told that the folder needs to be replaced, so was your video about LCD+Digitizer replacement or otherwise, also that i had my LCD broken but the touch on the top still works any idea as to if that can be corrected by adding something on top the the broken screen
    09-26-2016 02:58 AM
  23. jval_is_fly's Avatar
    They do have some cases available, as I've learned after the dropping my phone. It seems that for my particular drop even a soft case would have saved the screen. It landed right on the top right corner. Anyway, lesson learned...I'm ordering a case online.
    I order ALL of my cases through eBay. You just have to browse. Currently the case I use is Tim Burton themed. I hate bulky cases and stay away from Other Boxes bc my phone (excuse my honesty) is usually in my bra.
    My favorite brand is Tech21, the ones sold for $40+ at T-Mobile...the last one I got cost me $12 with free shipping. I have dropped, gotten pissed off and thrown it against the wall and even had a car till over it when I forgot about it on the trunk and my phone was perfect. I wouldn't recommend ordering it in purple Because it turns a funny brown color.
    Other than that ANYTHING (got my fiancee an Otter Box Defender for $6 free shipping by bidding (which I hardly do...I usually check the "buy it now" or "best offer" showing from "lowest price" ... If you don't mind the wait check "on eBay only" and it's usually cheaper from other countries but I have waited for up to 3wks for an order. If I need something ASAP I check "US Only".
    -may be an eBay addict because I buy everything from there.. Even dresses and shoes needed for the vintage pinup modeling that I do. $80+ for a LindyBop dress or $10...hmmm hard choice. Lol.
    Good luck and happy shopping!
    10-26-2016 11:26 PM
  24. Chasity107's Avatar
    IDK if my son broke both the screen and digitizer. U can accept calls and make calls but u can't see screen it's jus green so u can't make or receive messages.so what do u think that it is. Both? And how much would it costs me. It's a Galaxy S7 Edge.
    11-28-2016 08:25 PM
  25. Muhammad Ali36's Avatar
    My dad's galaxy s7 edge's upper glass broke like 2 days ago.A guy told him he should sell it cause the broken glass will damage the LCD and the LCD will sooner or later completly go black
    Again everything works fine expect only the glass is cracked a bit.My question is will it really damage the LCD
    04-14-2017 08:47 AM

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